The PlayStation Vita is almost here, and Sony today locked down some launch details for its latest handheld, including the first wave of games and accessories.
When the PS Vita officially launches in North America February 22, it will do so with 20 retail games and another five downloadable titles available only through the PlayStation Network. Sony also outlined software support for the system's First Edition bundle, which goes on sale a week earlier, launching February 15. All five of Sony's first-party games will be on shelves early, as will a quartet of third-party releases. Beyond the launch lineup, Sony detailed another 10 titles currently set for the system's "launch window," though how far that window extends is unclear.
Spearheading the day-one releases for Sony are Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational. The electronics giant's third-party partners have also lined up a selection of big titles to arrive alongside the system, including FIFA 2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Rayman Origins, and Touch My Katamari. Game prices will range from $10 to $50.
Beyond the games, Sony also detailed plans for PS Vita accessories. Most notably, the company priced its lineup of PS Vita proprietary memory cards, starting with 4GB cards at $20 all the way up to 32GB cards at $100. Last month, gamers groused about high prices for the memory cards when retailer GameStop listed them for sale at prices ranging from $30 for the 4GB cards to $120 for the 32GB cards.
The PlayStation Vita is due to launch in Europe and North America on February 22, 2012, and in Australia on February 23, 2012. A Wi-Fi-only version of the Vita will cost $249, and a Wi-Fi/3G model will retail for $299. European pricing for the console will be €249 (Wi-Fi) and €299 (Wi-Fi/3G), while Japanese pricing will be ¥24,980 (Wi-Fi) and ¥29,980 (Wi-Fi/3G). In Australia, the Vita will cost A$450 for the Wi-Fi/3G model and A$350 for the Wi-Fi-only version, while in the UK the 3G version will cost £279.99, and the Wi-Fi-only version will retail for £229.99.
For more, check out GameSpot's look at the PS Vita Japanese launch lineup. A full list of the launch games and accessories follows below.
Feb. 15 Game Releases
BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend--Aksys
Escape Plan (PSN only)--Sony
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational--Sony
Hustle Kings (PSN only)--Sony
Lumines: Electronic Symphony--Ubisoft
ModNation Racers: Road Trip--Sony
Super Stardust Delta (PSN only)--Sony
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3--Capcom
Uncharted: Golden Abyss--Sony
Feb. 22 Game Releases
Army Corps of Hell--Square Enix
Ben10: Galactic Racing--D3Publisher
Dungeon Hunter Alliance--Ubisoft
Dynasty Warriors Next--Tecmo Koei
FIFA Soccer--Electronic Arts
Michael Jackson The Experience--Ubisoft
Plants vs. Zombies (PSN only)--Sony Online Entertainment
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen--Namco Bandai
Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN only)--Drinkbox Studios
Touch My Katamari--Namco Bandai
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition--Sega
Launch Window Game Releases
Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention: NIS America
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
MLB 12: The Show--Sony
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus--Tecmo Koei
Ridge Racer--Namco Bandai
Silent Hill Book of Memories--Konami
Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted--505 Games
Sony PS Vita Accessories (available Feb. 15 except where indicated)
4GB Memory Card--$19.99
8GB Memory Card--$29.99
16GB Memory Card--$59.99
32GB Memory Card--$99.99
Starter Kit with Memory Card--$39.99
Protective Film (two-pack)--$9.99
Portable Charger (spring 2012)--$49.99
Car Adaptor (spring 2012)--$14.99